posted on Sep, 23 2007 @ 12:12 PM
The photo that Apex posted looks like it could be the big movable drilling and exploration platform that was - and still may be - working off the
coast of Ventura.
Keep in mind the water outlets at the two steam generating stations are not the only water outlets along the coast.
The cities have sewer plants that treat sewage water to a safe level and pump it into the ocean.
The one outlet I've seen evidence of is about 2 miles or so from the beach.
Evidenced by scuzzy and bad smelling water welling up from the bottom due to a sewage plant failure of some kind.
Granted, a not so good situation, but when sewage plants have major problems they have to pump the raw sewage into the sea.
Noted by the newspapers as well as signs at the more popular beaches.
A good time to stay out of the water.
What you may be seeing with the changing light colored underwater patterns outside the surf line is evidence of the coastal Littoral current - runs
north to south - carrying sand down the coast.
It used to be common to go body surfing in the winter and have to enter the ocean over a bed of rver-rock like stones until you got to the smooth sand
floor at 3' - 6' depth.
Every winter, most of the sand close to the low tide line would wash away.
When summer came, the Littoral current would carry in fresh sand from the coastal rivers and further up the coast andcover the rocks up once again.
That's the reason for the many short jetties along the Ventura coastline.
Ventura beaches were losng a lot of sand and the ocean was in further than it used to be.
This due to the Littoral current sand flow and not global warming.
The jetties help retain the sand and some of the beaches extend perhaps a hundred yards further out to sea than they did in the late 50's.
Take a look at the Ventura Pier beach on the suth - actually east - side of the pier.
At one tme, high tide was almost into the parking lot.
(I say actually east because the ocean is south of Ventura in that area.)
Another anomaly along the Ventura County coastline is a sunken tire reef which makes a good fish habitat.
This is out from the city Port Hueneme a ways.
I believe there are also a couple of sunken barges in the area for the same purpose.
Generally speaking, the SoCal coast is an underwater desert.
People bitched about the oil platforms when they came to be, but they've turned out to be a real bonanza for sealife.
Good fishing from them and in the immediate area.
California's Channel Islands are rich in sea life, but there's lots of places for them to live out there as compared to the sand bottom along most
of the coast.
Other small coastal anomalies you may find are small home-made reefs done over a period of years by skin divers attempting to set up an area for fish
What goes here is that skin diving enthusiasts would carry out a brick or two and similar stuff - via inner tube - and drop it in 10' - 20' or so of
water every time they went out.
They had a couple of ranges they could use to triangulate their positon so they could find their small reef.
The Fish & ame dept didn't care for it and neither did the California Coastal Commision.
The CCC is the outift that prefers to see beachfront homes wash away rather than allow a small seawall be built for protection.
Politicians . . . nothing more need be said there.
Richfield Island a half mile offshore from La Conchita just south of the Sata Barbara/Ventura County line was constructed in a sandy bottomed area.
The big cast cement TetraPods - like a four legged child's jack from a ball and jack set - were a bonanza for sea life.
To the extent that a local college made monthly obserevation trips and followed the sea life as it changed.
From bare rocks to algae covered to small animals, fish, starfish as time progressed and I believe there are abalone out there, but those may have
Anyway, interesting post.